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Cuddyer, Lee Headline 2018 ODU Baseball Banquet

December 01, 2017
By ODU Athletics

NORFOLK, Va. -- The 41st Annual 2018 Old Dominion Baseball Banquet, highlighted by keynote speaker Michael Cuddyer and Bud Metheny Award recipient Wiley Lee, will be held Friday, Jan. 12, at the Sheraton Waterside Norfolk Hotel.

The cocktail reception begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and presentations at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $65 and $45 for groups of 20 or more. Purchase tickets here for this can't miss event!

Wiley Lee becomes the 41st recipient of the prestigious Bud Metheny Award, an annual award given to an individual who has made significant contributions to Old Dominion and the game of baseball. Read below for a detailed biography on Lee and click here for a history of the winners of the award.

Michael Cuddyer joins a long list of baseball greats to serve as the keynote speaker for the banquet. Previous keynote speakers include Ozzie Smith, Joe Morgan, Brooks Robinson, Hank Aaron, Lou Brock, Steve Carlton, Johnny Bench, Bob Gibson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Tony Gwynn, Bob Feller, Tommy Lasorda, Buck Showalter, Jim Leyland and many more.

Wiley Lee was an all-conference infielder at Old Dominion and a state championship-winning head coach at Great Bridge High School. At ODU, Lee was a three-time All-Sun Belt selection and ranks in the top 10 all-time in hits, stolen bases, triples and runs. In 1986, Lee was a member of the U.S. national squad where he started at second base and went on to be drafted in the fifth round by the California Angels in 1987. Lee was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

At Great Bridge, Lee was one of the most successful coaches in the area. He guided the Wildcats for 14 years, leading the team to 11 Southeastern District championships, four Eastern Region titles and state championships in 2003 and 2011.

Norfolk native and Great Bridge high school graduate Michael Cuddyer played for 15 years in the MLB with the Minnesota Twins, Colorado Rockies and and New York Mets. A two-time All-Star and one-time NL Batting Champion, Cuddyer was a career .277 hitter with and posted a career year in 2013, when he hit an NL-leading .331 with 31 doubles, 20 home runs and 84 RBIs for the Rockies.

A1997 graduate of Great Bridge High School, Cuddyer was a standout athlete in baseball, basketball, and football. He was named Virginia's Baseball Player of the Year and Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year in 1997. Following his standout high school career, Cuddyer was selected ninth overall in the 1997 MLB Draft by the Twins.

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